Today, we're excited to finally unleash the brand-spanking new Forrst out into the wild! We've been in Private Release for the past month or so, getting feedback from the community. Now everyone can enjoy the new Forrst and it's features!
When we took over earlier this year, we saw an opportunity to build upon what founder Kyle Bragger started and turn Forrst into a place of active learning so that Forrsters can get actionable and contextual feedback. Let's review the major changes.
We've baked our feedback tool Notable into Forrst so that you can give contextual feedback on the new Forrst. You'll be able to annotate from a desktop browser and only read annotated comments on your mobile device.
New Visual Design
Forrst's new look allows for better consumption and discovery of posts. We had a lot of feedback from those in the Private Release about the post stream and we iterated quickly.
We had some insightful comments, like this one from @Oiseau:
These buttons are taking up way too much focus on both here and in the comments. Is it necessary that they be buttons and not just the icons? If it needs to stay a button, a lighter background would be nice. The tail of the icon speech bubble isn't very clear. The speech bubble of the number of comments & likes has awkward padding. I can't put my finger on it but it feels too narrow.
We knew that Forrst had to be responsive and mobile-first, so we built it on our responsive framework, Foundation 4. Now you can leave feedback on the go.
We also figured most folks wouldn't want to make a full post, with images of their work or code, on a mobile device. At the most, they'd want to start a discussion by posing a question. We asked all of you if you'd post from a mobile device. The majority of you who responded said you'd prefer to only comment. But we also knew that simply making the posting responsive didn't equate to an optimal mobile experience.
We're Not Finished Yet
We're not quite finished with Forrst. We'll continue to iterate. Here's a sneak peek at what's ahead.
Iterations: We're working to bring more Notable functionality into Forrst, including allowing Forrsters to post different iterations without the need to create a separate post.
Leaderboard: We're rethinking the Leaderboard, making it more based on achievements and badges rather than solely on prizes.
Pro features: A major focus for the next round are our Pro supporters, who've helped us get here and continue to help us. We want to make sure they get some nifty perks. Other than directory search, we’re giving Pro Forrsters the ability to do other things within the site. Since Forrst is our go-to site for active learning, we want to tie Pro features into our feeder apps and allow supporters to save what they do to a locker.
We're stoked to finally release the new Forrst out into the wild. We're even more excited by the possibilities ahead. Now get in there. Discover. Explore. Get feedback.